Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that is so ingrained in many American families that we don’t give it much thought. With November right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to consider Thanksgiving’s value for host families. Though many countries have a day of Thanksgiving on their calendar, chances are, Thanksgiving will be totally foreign to your au pair, and the real story of Thanksgiving may be a little foreign to you, too–it’s not quite the same as the tale told in kindergarten classrooms throughout the country.
So, how should you approach Thanksgiving with an au pair? Exercising your Hoosier Hospitality will go a long way. Just involving your au pair in the meal and the football-watching (or any other treasured tradition) will make for a smooth family Turkey Day.
But, to make this often-overwhelming holiday a little less nerve-wracking and take the opportunity to grow closer to your au pair, consider involving your au pair and your children in the planning of the festivities:
- Learn a little about the history and the traditions of thanksgiving in both of your cultures. Check out Plimoth Plantation’s history of thanksgiving, learn about the Native American Thanksgiving story, and research Thanksgiving traditions around the world.
- Simplify your holiday planning.
- Cook together, and invite your au pair to prepare a traditional dish from his/her home country to share with guests.